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Pincus, Walter. "[House] Panel Asks CIA Director to Testify on Iraq Policy." Washington Post, 7 Jan. 1999, A18. []

DCI George J. Tenet has been invited by HPSCI Chairman Porter J. Goss (R-FL) "to testify in public this month on how the recent bombing has affected President Saddam Hussein's rule.... In a letter to Tenet sent [on 6 January 1999], Goss included more than three pages of specific questions that called for not only assessment of the damage caused by the December attacks but also the political and diplomatic fallout."


Pincus, Walter. "[House] Panel Boosts Funding For Covert Operations." Washington Post, 1 May 1998, A12.

Although the headline says covert operations, the text of the article indicates broader concerns about the CIA Operations Directorate and NSA's infrastructure: "The House intelligence committee has increased 'marginally' the roughly $27 billion President Clinton has proposed to spend next year on the nation's intelligence agencies, allocating additional funds to modernize interception of worldwide telecommunications and revitalize the CIA's clandestine spy service." NSA will get additional funding, because it "needs new computers and new tools to get into the new data streams that are crisscrossing the world."


Pincus, Walter. "[House] Panel Faults CIA's Use of Case Officers in Crisis Support." Washington Post, 20 Jun. 2003, A5. []

In a report on the fiscal 2004 budget for the intelligence agencies, the House intelligence committee has "criticized the CIA for moving many of its case officers who run spies in their assigned countries to crisis spots in the global war on terrorism, at times leaving regions and many other important issues uncovered.... [T]he committee said 'limited numbers' of experienced officers are being sent 'time and again from their home areas to provide crisis support' and that 'gaps in intelligence collection and production are the immediate, noticeable result.'"


Pincus, Walter. "Panel Rejects Intelligence Shift: House Committee Sides with Pentagon in Turf Battle." Washington Post, 18 Jul. 1996, A25.


Pincus, Walter. "[House] Panel Says Battlefield Intelligence Still Late." Washington Post, 12 Jun. 1997, A21.


Pincus, Walter. "Panels Continue Impasse on Intelligence." Washington Post, 7 Jun. 1996, A21.

The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the Senate Armed Services Committee have different ideas about the management of the Defense Department's clandestine human intelligence activities.


Pincus, Walter. "Panel Set Up by CIA Recommends Building Smaller, Cheaper Spy Satellites." Washington Post, 30 Jun. 1996, A11.

[NRO/90s/96; Recon/Sats]

Pincus, Walter. "[House] Panel Ties NSA Funds To Changes at Agency: Report Urges Strategic, Business Planning." Washington Post, 7 May 1998, A21.

HPSCI threatened on 6 May 1998 "to withhold funds from the $4 billion National Security Agency (NSA) unless the worldwide eavesdropping organization makes 'very large changes' in its 'culture and methods of operation.'". The committee also called on DCI George J. Tenet to take a more active role in managing the overall intelligence community budget of about $27 billion." The committee criticized the NRO "saying last year's hopes that the switch to smaller satellites and acquisition reforms would free some funds have 'not been fulfilled.'"

[CIA/DCIs/Tenet; GenPostwar/Budgets/99; NRO/90s/98; NSA/90s/98][c]

Pincus, Walter. "[Senate] Panel to See Prewar CIA Memos on Iraq: White House Agrees on Release." Washington Post, 5 Nov. 2003, A24. []

A White House official said on 4 November 2003 that "[t]he White House will agree to share with the Senate intelligence committee CIA memos from October 2002 that warned the White House against saying that Saddam Hussein was seeking to buy uranium in Africa."

[GenPostCW/00s/03/IraqUranium & Congress]

Pincus, Walter. "Panel Urges Some Autonomy for Nuclear Weapons Program." Washington Post, 15 Jun. 1999, A2. []

The PFIAB report recommends "making the Energy Department's nuclear weapons functions semi-autonomous inside the department or splitting them off into an independent agency reporting directly to the White House."


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